Hyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), in its weather forecast, predicted thunderstorms in isolated parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh from 18 to 22 April.

Thunderstorm accompanied by lightning is expected to hit districts like Hyderabad, Adilabad, Asifabad, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Mancherial, Kamareddy, Sanga Reddy, Medak, Rajanna Sircilla, Karimnagar, Mahaboobnagar, Vikarabad, and Peddale in the next four days. Hailstorm is also expected in some parts of Telangana on 20 and 21 April. The local forecast for Hyderabad predicts rain or thundershowers in the evening or night of 18 April.

Meanwhile, thunderstorms accompanied by lightning are expected in different parts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh, East Godavari, and Yanam. However, the will be no hailstorms over Andhra. In both the Telugu-speaking states, the thunderstorm will be accompanied by gusty winds.

According to the IMD, “The trough/wind discontinuity now runs from southeast Madhya Pradesh to south-central Tamil Nadu across Vidarbha, Telangana, and south Interior Karnataka and extends up to 0.9 km above mean sea level.”

Mahesh Palawat of Skymet, a private forecasting body, said, “There is a wind discontinuity over eastern parts of Chattisgarh extending to north interior Karnataka. Wind discontinuity is a semi-permanent feature during this time. We hope that on 19 and 20 April the discontinuity will get stronger which will lead to moderate rainfall over Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It will again weaken after that.”

Rainfall is also expected over Tamil Nadu and interior parts of Karnataka.

Thunderstorms hit Telangana in the first week of April and there was a moderate rainfall in Hyderabad on the evening of 9 April. These thunderstorms are a regular phenomenon over Vidarbha during summers.

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